Many patients at Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH have been left stranded after the health facility had its water cut off Thursday by the Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) over unpaid bills amounting to K13.5 million.
The eastern region’s referal health facility has two accounts; one is for the main and has a bill of K9 million whereas the tank (reservoir) has accumulated about K4.5 million for the past few months.
The development has caused panic to patients and guardians at the hospital as water is essential to human life and other operations at the health facility.
A Nyasa Times source at the hospital said the reservoir has the capacity to serve the premises for a period of at least two days.
“If management is not going to settle the water bills within the next 24 hours I sense trouble especially at the wards. As a referral hospital, management should have avoided this by holding discussions with Southern Region Water Board to resolve the matter amicably,” said the source.
ZCH administrator Thom Chisale was non-commital on the development.
“Who told you that? Have you visited the hospital to verify your information? Which side of the hospital have you checked?” queried Chisale.
But the source argued to say the water which is running at the hospital at the moment is coming from the reservoir.
Water is a key resource in the operations at the hospital.
Recently, SRWB whose chair is consumer activist John Kapito, disconnected water supply at thyolo district hospital due to unsettled bills that the facility owes the board reportedly amounting to MK 11 million.